Thursday's global agenda: Russia day on Capitol Hill

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In other trade news: Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Thomas Nides arrives in Istanbul for two days of talks on bilateral and regional economic cooperation. Nides is scheduled to meet with the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), the American Business Forum in Turkey and members of the business press in addition to visiting the U.S. Consulate General.

Third border: The House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee holds a hearing to examine “the Caribbean maritime drug routes, the high level of drug-related violence in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the connection between drug cartels and terrorists.” Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño will testify about the threats from drug cartels and terrorist networks in the area and their easy access to the U.S. mainland.

In other news

CIA officers in Turkey are helping steer weapons to the Syrian opposition, The New York Times reports.

Results in Egypt's presidential race will be delayed as election officials examine more than 400 complaints of irregularities. [The Washington Post]

Israel is unlikely to strike against Iran's nuclear program as long as negotiations with the international community continue. [The Wall Street Journal]

Maldives used the Rio+20 summit to announce that the entire country will become a marine reserve within five years. [Global Post]

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